Turner was sentenced last week on three counts of sexual assault for raping an unconscious woman outside of a fraternity house in January 2015.
He’s interned at Elmwood prison in Milpitas, California, confined to a private cell and kept away from the general population.
“He’s in protected custody because of his charge, his offense,” said Sergeant Joe Jephson from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in an interview with The Daily Mail. “He’s kept away from our general population inmates. There are other protected inmates that he is around but he’s kept away from our general population inmates.”
Turner has requested a transfer to his home state of Ohio, and wants to spend his three-year probation there when he’s released from Elmwood.
The victim remains unnamed, but spoke truth to power with a sweeping letter designed to pierce through deaf ears about sexual assault and the blinding effects of rape culture.
One of the most shocking artifacts revealed in court documents shows that Turner habitually lied to his probation officer, saying the sex was consensual, in order to receive a more lenient sentence. This explosive statement was revealed after he received his six month sentence. A Santa Clara district attorney present during the statement intervened saying it was “untruthful.”
Turner’s rape conviction sparked heightened social commentary. Critics and pundits have seared into his jail sentence, juxtaposing it along the intersection of gender, race, and class.
Others are taking action in the quest for justice. CNN reports that a Change.org petition calling for Judge Aaron Persky to lose his job has over 900,000 signatures at the time of reporting and is just one of many. Persky was the presiding judge in Turner’s case.